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The Merrymakers – British Light Classics Various Composers Concert Orchestra/Iain Sutherland rec. 1983/8. DDD ALTO ALC 1192 [78:29][RB]

This is a really splendid collection – the epitome of British light music standing out in a crowded market.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Music for a Time of War Charles IVES (1874-1954) The Unanswered Question John ADAMS (b. 1947) The Wound-Dresser Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Sinfonia da Requiem Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Symphony 4 Sanford Sylvan (baritone) Oregon Symphony/Carlos Kalmar rec. 2011 PENTATONE CLASSICS PTC 5186 393 [78:04] [JQ]

An uncommonly interesting programme, excellently performed and recorded. 

Music inspired by Shakespeare and Hamlet Friedrich KUHLAU (1786-1832) William Shakespeare Overture Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Hamlet Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Hamlet Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907) Hamlet Overture Edward MacDOWELL (1860-1908) Two Symphonic Poems South Jutland SO/Vladimir Ziva rec. 2010 DANACORD DACOCD682 [70:07] [JW]

This unusual selection has been well put together. 

A Musical Journey - France Brittany and Normandy NAXOS 2.110300 [55.57] [RJF]

Varied and interesting visual content somewhat haphazardly presented.

A New Venetian Coronation 1595 Gabrieli Consort & Players/Paul McCreesh rec. 2012 SIGNUM SIGCD287 [73:55] [JV]

Fascinating and musically captivating. 

Play It Again Kenji BUNCH (b.1973) Slow dance Marjan MOZETICH (b.1948) Scales of joy and sorrow Jorge GRUNDMAN (b.1961) A walk across adolescence Elena KATS-CHERNIN (b.1957) Calliope Dreaming Paul SCHOENFIELD (b.1947) Café music Trio Arbós rec. 2011 NON PROFIT MUSIC NPM1012 [68:41] [OL]

Enthusiastic performances - as irresistible as this music deserves. 

The Complete Psalms of David Volume 2: Psalms 20-36 Salisbury Cathedral Ch/David Halls Daniel Cook (organ) rec. 2011 PRIORY PRCD1058 [75:06] [JQ]

A second excellent instalment. 

Saltarello Garth Knox (fiddle, viola, viola d’amore); Agnès Vesterman (cello); Sylvain Lemêtre (percussion) rec. 2009 ECM NEW SERIES 2157 [59:59] [DC]

A journey of dark and light, and well worth taking. 

Andrés Segovia - Maestro: Guitar Andrés Segovia (guitar) rec. 1954-61 ALTO ALC 1195 [69:37] [Byz]

An ideal disc for those looking for a cheap introduction to Segovia's peerless musicianship.

Shadows in Paradise Hitler’s Exiles in Hollywood A film by Peter Rosen EUROARTS 2058268 [55:00] [JW]

Considers the fate of those exiled to ‘Weimar on the Pacific’.

A Song of Farewell Music of Mourning and Consolation Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh rec. 2011 SIGNUM SIGCD 281 [75:56] [GH]

A fine disc this. Buy it.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Summertime Felicity Lott (soprano) Graham Johnson (piano) rec. 2000 CHAMPS HILL RECORDS CHRCD008 [74:35]  [Byz]

A gorgeous, unmissable disc for all seasons. 

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould SONY CLASSICAL 88691 912129 [93:33] [DC]

Well-made and still resonant even nearly 20 years on.

Arturo Toscanini Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) Symphony 9 Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Enigma Variations Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Symphony 35 Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Haydn Variations rec. 1929-1952 GUILD GHCD 2384-85 [74:48 + 67:53] [JW]

This is a mixed bag of a twofer.

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Le triomphe de l'amour Arias by Rameau, Lully, Rebel & Charpentier Sandrine Piau (soprano) Les Paladins/Jérôme Corréas rec. 2011 NAÏVE OP 30532 [60:57] [JV]

A superior disc which displays the features of French opera in full glory. 

Tu es Petrus Jonathan DOVE (b. 1959) Missa Brevis Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976) Hymn to St. Peter Thierry ESCAICH (b. 1965) Grande Messe Solenelle Carl RÜTTI (b. 1949) St. Peter and St. Paul Sheffield Cathedral Ch/Neil Taylor, Anthony Gowing (organ) rec. 2010 REGENT REGCD360 [67:39] [JQ]

An imaginatively planned and well executed programme of liturgical music which is well worth investigating. 

Music for Viola da Gamba Works by Abel, Ortiz, Schenck, Telemann, Simpson & Hume Wieland Kuijken (viola da gamba) rec. 1993 REGIS RRC1346 [67:24] [JV]

A disc no lover of the gamba would want to miss. 

Walzer Revolution Works by Mozart, J Strauss Snr & Lanner Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. 2011 SONY CLASSICS 88697 914112 [41:58 + 58:16] [JS]

Good value and a welcome change to most standard collections of Viennese dance music. 

A Wind Blows from the East Four German Medieval Tales Drew Minter (voice and medieval harp) BRIDGE 9372 [64.27] [GH]

In the style of a minstrel entertainment in medieval Germany.

Women at the Piano Vol. 4 An anthology of Historic Performances rec. 1921-55 NAXOS 8.111218 [78:04] [SA]

A disc of particular value.



Noel Coward - the last British recordings

Woody Guthrie – A Centenary Tribute — his 26 Finest, 1940-47 RETROSPECTIVE RTR 4204 [76:38]

Alan Jay LERNER (1918-1986) and Frederick LOEWE (1901-1988) My Fair Lady - Original Broadway Cast Recording rec. originally released in 1956 SONY MASTERWORKS BROADWAY 8 8697-49917-2

This Fair Lady will deliver a wonderfully nostalgic glow

Alan MELVILLE (1910-1983) and Charles ZWAR (1911-1989) Marigold – Original London Cast (1959)

A Musical Map of the British Isles A map by Em Marshall-Luck and and Geoff Sawyers [PCW]

A map which every lover of British music will want to have on their wall.

Lionel MONCKTON (1861-1923) Selections from La Cingalee, The Arcadians, Quaker Girl Bel-Etage Ch & O/Mart Sander rec. 2002/3 DIVINE ART DIVERSIONS DDV24110 [69:08] [JF]

Attractive tunes, evocative retro sentiments and a sense of fun. 

That’s Entertainment - A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical Kim Criswell, Matthew Ford, Sarah Fox, Seth MacFarlane, Curtis Stigers; Maida Vale Singers; John Wilson Orchestra/John Wilson rec. 2011 For full track listing see review EMI CLASSICS 0 28843 2 [77:52 + DVD: 40:00][JW]

The album is hugely attractive from beginning to end.


Gustav Holst and India by Raymond Head. Paperback, 35 pp (A4), 9 illustrations, 10 music examples. Available at £12.50 plus postage (hard copy) or £15 (download) from Sky Dance Press, The Firs, 10 Worcester Rd, Chipping Norton OX7 5XX (

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